President Donald Trump and his administration have been engulfed in controversies ever since assuming office. The president and his administration are known for stating “alternative facts” to making up terror attacks to justify xenophobic attacks.
Recently, Sean Spicer, White House press secretary, said during a press briefing that Trump was unaware that the former national security adviser Michael Flynn was working as a “foreign agent” when he handed him the new role in his administration.
“I don’t believe that was known,” said Spicer.
After Spicer’s opaque answer, the reporter asked him if the president would have still appointed him had he known he had been working as a foreign agent.
“I don’t know ... that’s a hypothetical,” said Spicer. “I don’t know what was discussed prior to the appointment in terms of his background, his résumé, his client base. From what I’ve read, he has filed appropriate forms with the Department of Justice; ask them and subsequently him if you have any questions about the filing.”
National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned from his position just four weeks after taking office amid the raging controversy about his contacts with Russian officials before the business mogul took office. He also allegedly lied about his secret communications with Kremlin and misled Vice President Mike Pence.
Soon after his resignation, it was also revealed that he was lobbying for a firm linked to the Turkish government while working as a top adviser during Trump’s election campaign. He earned $535,000 while lobbying for Inovo, a Dutch firm linked to the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. He also wrote an op-ed calling for the U.S. to kick out an anti-government Turkish cleric without disclosing he was being paid for the task.
Trump unaware that Michael Flynn was a 'foreign agent', Sean Spicer says https://t.co/AZcbrHAY78— loony (@badgirl_loony) March 10, 2017
Flynn was a paid agent of a foreign power while in Trump's innermost circle. And he DIDN'T KNOW? Which is worse? https://t.co/KHK9jzme55— Elliott Lusztig (@ezlusztig) March 10, 2017
Lies, lies, lies!— CalCal #WeWarnedThem (@DyanLondon444) March 9, 2017
Under a regulation of the Foreign Agent Registration Act, U.S. citizens must disclose if they have been engaged in lobbying on behalf of foreign governments.
Ever since Trump administration has taken over the new role in the White House, their ties with Russian and foreign agents have been a popular topic.
Recently, it was revealed Jeff Sessions lied under oath about his contacts with Russia. According to reports, he had two conversations with Russian envoy during the election campaign, but he lied to the Senate about it.
When Minnesota Sen. Al Franken asked Sessions, who was under oath at the time, about his course of action if he found evidence that someone affiliated with Trump or his election campaign communicated with the Russian government during the 2016 presidential campaign, Sessions' response was straightforward.
“I’m not aware of any of those activities,” he had said, adding, “I have been called a surrogate at a time or two in that campaign and I did not have communications with the Russians.”
Here's the video of Sessions denying **under oath** that he had communications with the Russians. pic.twitter.com/YFxCgqjQo6— CAP Action (@CAPAction) March 2, 2017
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